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Night Sky

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Night Sky

Skylar Reid is still adjusting to her new life in Florida when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is abruptly kidnapped. The police suspect the worst, but Sky keeps having strange dreams and visions about the girl. She can't explain it, but she knows Sasha is alive. Sky knows the girl's father is being framed, and she knows Sasha has been taken by some very bad people. What she doesn't know is how she can help.

Then a mysterious girl with a pixie cut, tattoos and a butt-kicking attitude rolls into town on her motorcycle and informs Sky that her visions are just some of the superhuman abilities she possesses. Sky and the girl, Dana, are Greater-Thans, humans with a special hormone that gives them all kinds of powers. Sky can run abnormally fast, move things with her mind, see visions of the past, hone in on certain locations and smell the emotions of those around her. Most bafflingly, Sky can also read the mind of Milo, Dana's companion, who has dimples, a kind smile and might be just what Sky's looking for in a boy. Together, the foursome --- including Sky's wheelchair-bound friend, Calvin --- try to work out who might have taken Sasha, and how they can get her back.

This book is an awesome, quick read with lots of really interesting ideas. It has a lot to say about the exploitation of young women and sends a great message of empowerment to teen girls.

Even at nearly 500 pages, this book absolutely flew by. Part of the reason is the intriguing and suspenseful plot the Brockmanns were able to build. Set in the near future, the story incorporates tense class divisions, dangerous drug rings and some really awesome superhero-like powers. It is definitely dark, but there are a lot of fun moments as well, particularly between Dana and Calvin.

As great as the plot is, the book is also chock full of well drawn characters I was eager to learn more about. Sky and her best friend Calvin are realistic and complex, and their relationship feels honest and very true to high school. They are incredibly close, but they aren't afraid to tease each other. Sky has a love-hate relationship with her mother as well, which feels very natural given that Sky is a teenager and her mother has a natural tendency to be overprotective.

Milo, Sky's love interest, is a little less developed than some of the other characters. He's sweet and has dimples and a southern accent, but that's about all the reader knows about him…and it seems to be enough for Sky to fall madly in love. Hopefully, we'll get more of his back-story in the book's sequel.

This book is an awesome, quick read with lots of really interesting ideas. It has a lot to say about the exploitation of young women and sends a great message of empowerment to teen girls. I hope the next book is equally as thought-provoking!

Reviewed by Rebecca Czochor on September 10, 2014

Night Sky
by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • ISBN-10: 1492601446
  • ISBN-13: 9781492601449